Plug gaps and holes to stop energy, money loss

| by Gary Parsons
Plug gaps and holes to stop energy, money loss

Unsealed cracks and crevices in a home can be detrimental to its efficiency and durability, adding to unnecessary energy expenses. That’s why plugging gaps and holes – amounting to a half-mile in the average 2,500-square-foot U.S. home* – throughout the home is so important.

Ideally, stopping air loss should occur during initial construction with the ability to fill spaces that otherwise will be difficult to reach or unreachable once construction is complete, such as within wall cavities. Even after construction, there are plenty of spots occupants can hone in on:

  • Around door and window frames
  • Plumbing penetrations
  • Any gaps or holes in drywall, such as wall light switch plates and electrical outlets
  • Inside the wood framing between the foundation and the first floor



Topics: Heating & Cooling, Insulation

Companies: Dow Building Solutions

Gary Parsons
Gary Parsons is the Lead Building Scientist in Dow Building Solutions Research and Development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a licensed residential contractor in the state of Michigan, a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and a member of ASHRAE. wwwView Gary Parsons's profile on LinkedIn

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